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Representative Patrice Arent Calls For Closure of Campaign Finance Loophole

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015

Representative Patrice Arent Calls For Closure of Campaign Finance Loophole

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Representative Patrice Arent Calls For Closure of Campaign Finance Loopholes

 

Salt Lake City – Representative Patrice Arent, House Democratic Caucus Manager, is calling for the closure of a campaign finance loophole that allows some candidates for public office to use election funds for personal use, such as the purchase of personal vehicles.

 

She stated, “Democrats have been working on campaign finance issues since before 2000. This is an important issue to ensure the public trust, so that money donated is spent exactly how you would expect it to be used. The state regulates the majority of campaign finance laws, all the way down to municipal elections. Somehow this personal use exemption for county officials was overlooked.  Today I opened a bill file to close that loophole.”

 

The bill file is currently listed under the title “Limitations on the use of Campaign Funds at the County Level”.

 

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Representatives Patrice Arent and Angela Romero named “Enlightened 50″ by Community Foundation of Utah

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015

Representatives Patrice Arent and Angela Romero named “Enlightened 50″ by Community Foundation of Utah

 

Representatives Patrice Arent and Angela Romero were honored last night by the Community Foundation of Utah with the “Enlightened 50″ or E-50 award. E-50 awards go to individuals who are “making a measurable – but often unsung – difference in the lives of Utahns through innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good.” You can see the whole list of honorees here.

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Entire House Democratic Caucus Honored as Business Champions

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

Entire House Democratic Caucus Honored as Business Champions

 

 

The entire House Democratic Caucus was honored this morning by the Salt Lake Chamber as individual Business Champions demonstrating economic leadership in making Utah a business-friendly state.

From the Salt Lake Chamber release:

‘“We deeply appreciate the tireless efforts of our Legislature in making Utah the best state for business,” said Lane Beattie president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “The decisions made this year, specifically regarding transportation and education funding, will ensure our state’s economy continues to lead the nation for decades to come.”

 

As Utah’s voice of business, the Salt Lake Chamber develops policies, positions, and advocates on major issues affecting Utah’s businesses and the state’s economy. During the legislative session, the Chamber’s Board of Governors’ designates the top legislation of the business community as priority votes. These priority votes determine which legislators receive recognition as “Business Champions.”’

In addition to co-sponsoring and passing business-positive legislation, Representative Patrice Arent was recognized for authoring and passing HB 198 Strengthening College and Career Readiness. Below are some photos from the event.

Poulson Business Champion Award

Arent Business Champion Award

Romero accepting award

 

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House Democrat Calls for Cautious, Thorough Exploration of Alternative Treatments Including Marijuana

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

House Democrat Calls for Cautious, Thorough Exploration of Alternative Treatments Including Marijuana

 

Salt Lake City– In light of a legislative interim committee’s focus on the potential benefits and drawbacks of medicinal marijuana, House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck spoke today in favor of carefully exploring such medical alternatives.

 

She said, “The medical community is constantly discovering new ways to improve people’s health and to prolong longevity. The Right to Try legislation that we passed last year is an example of government getting out of the way of providing patients viable options for care. Tempered regulatory oversight of nutraceuticals is another example. It is incredibly important that as medicine advances, laws do too. More and more research is being done on the benefits and side effects of medicinal marijuana. We need to be open to the wide scope of research on this issue. We need to be ready to base judgements and laws based on hard facts, checked again and again by extensive research.

 

For me, this is about providing a flourishing continuum of care, one that is updated regularly as new information becomes available. Our federal Representatives and Senators are looking closely at this issue and how it relates to patient care. Movements like those supporting the new Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act require current medical knowledge and new research in treating patients in the best possible way. Research like this is vital as we continue to wait for affordable access to health care in Utah.”

 

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End the Stalling and Pass Healthy Utah so that More Utahns Can Live

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015

End the Stalling and Pass Healthy Utah so that More Utahns Can Live

Today, House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck published an Op-Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune calling on local and federal elected officials in Utah to stop wasting time and save Utahns lives today. As the notorious “gang of six” renegotiate the already heavily negotiated Healthy Utah plan, Representative Chavez-Houck asks the question “If a fiscally conservative legislature knows this is the most fiscally sound plan, why do they continue to throw up roadblocks?” She also questions the basis that led to other unwise decisions during the ACA debate, including why Utah did not expand the already existing state run Avenue H program to individuals searching for health insurance. You can read her opinion on these issues here, or download the pdf below.

Op-ed_ End the stalling and pass Healthy Utah so that more Utahns may live _ The Salt Lake Tribune

Last March, 55% of Utahns said they favored Healthy Utah over what the House proposed, and that number has only grown. With so much support for this plan to give Utahns affordable healthcare, we have to wonder who these continued tactics help, and who they hurt. Find out more on the benefits and drawbacks of both proposed plans here.

 

 

 

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House Democrats Comment on Impending Departure of Colleague

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

 

House Democrats Comment on Impending Departure of Colleague

 

Salt Lake City– House Minority Leader Brian King released the following statement after learning of the impending departure of Representative Jon Cox.

 

“We congratulate both the Governor on his wise choice of an excellent counselor for his senior staff, and Rep. Jon Cox for this career change. Rep. Cox’s input has been invaluable in the House on our public policy discussions. He has always been an intelligent, reasoned voice on the other side of the aisle and has stood strongly in his representation of Juab and Sanpete Counties. We wish him well and look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

 

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Food Truck Day at the Capitol!!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015

Capitol Preservation Board just announced FOOD TRUCK DAY at the Capitol on July 14th! Come and join legislators and excited staff for Fat Kid Mac N Cheese, Rolling Mountain Bistro, and Saturday’s Waffle from 11-2 in the visitor parking lot!Food Truck Day-page-0

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